said it - and the
Word - by
Keith Bill, chief executive
I AM ALWAYS urging
those of us with sight loss to speak out.
Well, after our last edition of Croydon Vision News,
you certainly did
speak out - telling me that I was
wrong to drop the lunch
club menus from the newsletter.
members could get a weekly list in the Talking Newspaper’s
they also like to see the month ahead, I was told.
So there you are: the menus are back again ( see pages
8 and 9 ).
about speaking out, we have now lodged our objection to bicycles being
up and down the North End pedestrian area between the shops in central
bikes now have the right to cycle each way between what was Allders and
tramlines, but our objection, with any others, will be considered and
the next six months a decision could be made to stop the bikes, which
many of our members nervous.
won’t risk walking in this area now, which is a great shame
because they cannot
get to many of the shops. Two
members have actually been hit by bikes.
back to the lunch club menus. If
would ever like a fish dish alternative to a meal on a menu, please
or one of the volunteers on reception at least one day in advance.
Bill @ 07968 528 527
AUGUST is the
month when some members of Croydon Vision take the chance to go on an
and one that they
know about a couple of these events, but we are wondering if others
to plan their own day out.
two already settled are on August 18, when Claire’s Tuesday
morning group will
be visiting a farm; and on August 24 Sue Ardley’s Tuesday
afternoon group are
off to The Grange at Beddington Park.
there are several other dates available for this month when members
out. Among the
ideas are going to
Woodcote Garden Centre; or to the White Hart at Godstone for lunch; or
McDermott’s, the award-winning fish and chip shop at
you fancy any of these, or want to make your own suggestion, organise
group and book the date with Mike.
Larger groups, up to 20 people, can go on a Tuesday
or Thursday; and
smaller groups, up to 13, on Monday or Wednesday.
THIS YEAR’S Geranium Day proved
another success for
Croydon Vision. On
that special day we
raised £758.76, a pretty good total reached by our bands of
Well done to everyone
involved. And thank
help reading letters, bank statements and so on?
Well, if there is no one around to read to
you, or if you want to keep something private, you can now bring your
to our centre where Katharine, our IT tutor, and Karen have set up two
first is the Reader, of which there are two, and you simply place your
on a plate and move around a camera which enlarges what it sees on to a
screen. Easy to use.
second type is a piece of equipment which will actually read your
you. Again, just
place it down and after
a few seconds the machine will read the text aloud.
you would like to be shown how to use the equipment, just ask Karen or
at Reception. Another
at Bedford Hall !
for a call ?
CROYDON VISION has a
Care Line service for all members who request it, and we are looking to
you, or anyone you know, appreciate a regular chat on the phone with
one of our
three Care Line volunteers, Pat Jaques, Kath Periera and Sheelagh
you can’t get to Bedford Hall so often now, or your health
has made it hard for
you to get out, but you would like a chat every month or two. Just talk to Karen or one
of our volunteers
at Reception, and you can be added to our Care Line family.
wary of this
ONE OF our most
notable members, George Oliver, had a frightening experience on his
doorstep - and Croydon police are
urging everyone to be
was leaving his home when on his doorstep appeared a man who thrust a
knives into his arms. He
was trying to
I don’t need knives,” George protested. Whereupon the man pushed
another box on to him, saying that he must have
relatives who could use them.
protested again, and twice more the man pushed boxes into
George’s arms. By now
George was burdened by four boxes of the knives, and the man said
keep all four if he gave him ‘a drink’.
get rid of the man, George pulled out his wallet
the man snatched it and ran off. George
went back indoors and called the police who reacted promptly, and they
warning others to beware. The
the man, who is believed to have accomplices, continues.
Finding your feet
CROYDON VISION linked up
with the council’s sensory impairment team and the charity
Trust to put together a
Feet” two-day course for those wanting to know more about the
type of help you
can get when you lose sight.
course was a great success. Experts
to speak on specific topics, every place was taken, and participants
valuable it was.
service is at Bedford Hall on some
Thursday mornings between 9.30am and
is an important service when you can come
along and receive advocacy and expert
This month’s dates with Fiona Hazell are
Thursday, July 9, and
Thursday, July 30.
Everyone is welcome.
This is a free consultation,
but please book first.
The hearing surgery is scheduled to be here next on
two dates later in the year -
14, and Tuesday, October
you should need Croydon Hearing at
any time, you
can always contact the service at 020
the hairdresser will next be here on
July 30, as usual from 10am.
chiropodist Joy Dell will next be at Bedford Hall
classes with the IT tutor Katherine
Turner are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays
be booked through
next meeting of the Macular Group will be at
Bedford Hall on Monday,
July 13, at 1pm.
The next meeting of the
Croydon Glaucoma Group
will be on Monday,
August 3, at 1.30pm.
We regret to report
the death of Mr Tom Hines.
GIRL, Regan Ruther.
tirelessly promoting glaucoma awareness week last month.
She began on the Sunday before, joining a local
church on a health
awareness weekend. Then
on the Monday she
was at Bedford Hall for a fun and imaginative prize draw, an Optelec
demonstration of low vision aids, with Fiona Hazell on hand offering
On the Tuesday and Wednesday there was free
coffee and cake in the
coffee lounge and information about the international glaucoma
their research programmes.
On Thursday the eye clinic informed people
about drops, their
effects, why they need to be taken and how they should be taken. There was a demonstration
of all the
different applicators and how they make life easier.
So to Friday, when Gwynneth and Regan were at
the eye clinic all
day informing people attending and their relatives about glaucoma, and
support that is available.
Somehow Regan organised and took part in all
the activities - and
still went to her day job!
. . . and there’s AMD week
information days about macular degeneration are planned for the July 6
organised by Ruther. On
Tuesday, July 7, a session
and cake and information, in the coffee lounge. Then on July
8 you can hear about AMD information and nutrition. And the next AMD meeting
at Bedford Hall is
on Monday, July 13.
beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast
potatoes, green beans, swede
peaches & ice cream
pie, new potatoes, cabbage,
carrots -- pears
new potatoes, broccoli, peas
flan & cream
grills, new potatoes, cauliflower,
carrots -- apple
pie & ice cream
mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables
pudding & cream
9 Sausages, onions,
pie, green beans, peas -- Swiss roll
& Instant Whip
new potatoes, tomatoes, beetroot,
Roast lamb, roast potatoes, broccoli,
jelly & ice cream
fish, potatoes, cauliflower, peas --
peaches & cream
chicken, potatoes, broccoli, carrots
Roast turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes,
pudding & apple
pork, stuffing, roast potatoes, green
beans, peas -- peaches
onions, mushrooms, potatoes,
mixed vegetables -- lemon meringue pie
Meatballs, mashed potatoes, cabbage,
flan & Dream Topping
beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast
potatoes, green beans,
pears & ice cream
9 Quiche, chips, baked beans
trifle & cream
pasta pesto, mixed vegetables
& ice cream
chips, side salad -- fruit flan &
AS PART of our
programme for sight-impaired children and young people in Croydon, we
trampoline event at a special centre which can work with children who
have sight loss but also other complex needs.
children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and, as before, their parents
so useful, chatting to each other and comparing notes on how best to
their sons and daughters with little or no sight.
Spy . . .
visually impaired people can enjoy the traditional sport of archery
standard bows and arrows, aided by special equipment such as a
and foot-locator to help them line up with the target, and a sighted
known as a ‘spotter’ to keep score.
should join one of the several clubs which provide training courses in
techniques and safety, costing between £40 and £60
for four-to-six sessions.
are opportunities for more experienced archers to enter competitions by
obtaining a ‘classification to compete’ form from
British Blind Sport. Contact
IF you need
a small talking note-recorder, suitable for shopping lists, phone
short messages, there are two version from Cobolt Systems at
are easy to use, with spoken instructions and built-in loud speakers. A single button is pressed
to record, stop,
and play back. Messages
with up and down buttons, and can be repeated or deleted separately.
recorders are pocket-sized and each comes with a carry pouch and two
batteries. Model A can hold up to 30 messages of up
to 30 seconds
duration. Model B holds up to three messages up to
five minutes long.
from Cobolt Systems on 01493 700172 or by email at email@example.com
spills, no slips matting
TO AVOID spilling
cups on trays or workshops, or knocking over ornaments, there is a type
non-slip matting called Dycem which hold such items firmly in place.
comes in different colours and shapes, and is also available on a roll
to size. You can
buy it from the RNIB.
a glass or plate from the mat is as easy as from any other surface -
there is no resistance.
matting is fully washable in warm, soapy water.
prices are £4.50 for a shaped cup holder . . .
£7.99 for a round mat . . .
£9.95 for a small oblong mat . . . and £11.95 for a
order, contact the RNIB on 0303 123 9999 or you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVE you heard
of Tacti-Mark? It
is a liquid for making
tactile labels or marks with coloured, raised dots, lines or shapes.
can be used on clean, dry surfaces, for example to indicate settings on
controls of a cooker or washing machine, on clothing, paper, and most
in two colours, black or fluorescent orange, it is non-toxic and is
a bottle with a fine nozzle. It
to apply, but needs to dry overnight.
cost is £3.74 per bottle, excluding VAT.
The RNIB sells it, and can give advice on other
labelling products. Call
0303 123 9999; email email@example.com
quiz time - so
WE have carefully
selected 13 questions just for you.
Don’t be superstitious, they are not very
difficult. Honestly. As usual the answers are
given below. But,
no cheating, see how many you can answer first.
1 When is St Swithin’s Day?
to the nursery rhyme, how many
blackbirds were baked in a pie?
old British coin was worth 21 shillings?
Where in London would
you find the Statue of Eros?
How long is the Channel Tunnel -
or 77 miles?
What name is given to the wedding
celebrated after ten years?
was the first film in the “Carry
On” series of
did the American actress Grace Kelly marry in
What is meant by ‘LOL’ in
internet chat or
of the seven dwarves in Snow White
have a beard?
does not have an army.
12 What can you catch but never throw?
13 Of which country was Hamlet a prince?
1 July 15
2 Four and twenty 3 A guinea
miles 6 Tin 7 Carry
Rainier of Monaco 9
12 A cold 13
THE BIG event in
town this month is Ambition Festival, a four-day mix of indoor and
performances and installations in the heart of Croydon.
It’s quite something, with almost 200
One of the highlights, stretching over two
days, will be the 29th International Playwriting
Festival, once of
the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon, now at Fairfield Halls.
It is a performance weekend on Saturday
and Sunday, July 25 and 26, at
5pm and 7pm each day.
It will feature the best plays selected
from the competition, as well as prize-winning plays from Italy and Cyprus,
and the BRIT
There is also an interview with a celebrity
playwright on stage.
Tickets are £6.50 per programme, or
for a day ticket.
A NEW PLAY, The Barred,
is about a man wrongly
imprisoned, and performed by a company who have all been through the
justice system. This
is at the Ashcroft
Theatre at 5.30pm on Thursday, July 23. Tickets £6.50.
ALL TYPES of music
will be featured in this festival, from rock ‘n’
roll and speakeasy jazz
(modern style) to Asian sounds and blues-rockers from Mali. And Joanna Zubrycka
(“Miss God”) who’s
described as an exquisite Polish singer, will be at Fairfield
on Sunday afternoon, July 26, with
a group of musicians, comedians and
It is a Polish Arts in London special,
starting at 4.30pm. Tickets
More on next page . .
DID YOU hear how
Joe Pasquale, his twin brother Raynard, and the Dalai Lama opened a
in Skegness called “Batter Me, I’m
Yours!” but, due to an accident with a
pickled egg, the Lama pulled out and opened a rival chip shop called
Deep Sea Sausage”?
It led to a surf-and-turf war . . . or so
Joe would have you believe. The
man is heading back this way, for the Ashcroft Theatre on Sunday, July 26, at 7.30pm, when he will
no doubt tell you
YOU HAVE another
chance to hear some of the talented performers chosen from this
Performing Arts Festival, which attracted several hundred entries. Some of them will play at
Concert at Fairfield
on Tuesday, July 28, at 1.05pm. Tickets: £5.
concerts on Tuesdays this month:
Bromley Youth Chamber Orchestra of 40
young string players perform works by Vaughan Williams, Handel, Vivaldi
Holst, on July 7.
Helen Yorke narrates Chopin’s life story
and plays some of his solo piano works on July
Salora – Jazz with a Twist! with their own
arrangements of standards and contemporary hits, this quartet features
Sarah Skinner, on July 21.
All lunchtime concerts start at 1.05pm,
FOR SOMETHING entirely
different, the Festival of Model Tramways will be held at the Arnhem
Fairfield Halls, on Saturday, July 18,
from 10am-5pm. Tickets
Fairfield box office: 020 8688 9291
Osman previews the London
THIS IS my
selection of some audio-described treats:
“The Red Lion” at
Dorphman Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX,
on Friday, July 24, at 8pm, and Saturday,
July 25, at 3pm. Touch
young player touched with brilliance arrives from nowhere at a
non-league football. An
manager determines to make him his own, and the old soul of the club
dreams of glory.
Box office: 020 7452 3000.
“Hang”, at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square,
London SW1 8AS,
on Saturday, July 11, at 2.30pm. Touch tour at 1pm.
A shattering new play about an unspeakable
Box office: 020 7565 5000.
“The Invisible”, at Bush
Uxbridge Road, London
on Saturday, August 1, at
2.30pm. Touch tour
The Bush Theatre has commissioned the
award-winning playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz to tell the stories of
Invisible” – ordinary people fighting for their
right to justice.
Box office: 020 87430 5050.
“The Trial”, at the
Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London
SE1 8LZ, on Saturday, August 1, at
2.30. Touch tour
Rory Kinnear stars in this classic, timeless
tale of ordinary terror.
Box office: 020 7922 2922.
ONE OF the most popular of
plays will be performed
by a leading Croydon drama group in the open air on four days this month.
The Importance of
Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde,
will be at Wandle
Croydon, near the Wandle Park
tram stop, on Wednesday to Saturday, July 15-18, at 7.30pm, with a
matinèe at 2.30pm.
It is by CODA, the popular
Croydon Opera and Drama Association.
Tickets are £10, concessions £9,
from 07858 879 019.
What a cap-ital idea!
Be smart - wear
one of the new Croydon Vision
They carry our logo and are in our
its peak it offers a good guard against
cataracts and glaucoma.
The cap is only £7.
But please place your order first
by calling the office.
next meeting of Croydon Age UK at Bedford
Hall will not be held until September.